Episode 1: Jet fuel can’t melt language







We talk with friends, collaborators, and strangers, asking each of them a leading question: “What happened on September 11th, 2001?” By asking people with different kinds of expertise to provide narrative accounts of the events of a day now so firmly congealed in public consciousness, we hope to learn something about the construction of political stance through language and memory. What conversations does such a question provoke?


Jet fuel can’t melt language was produced by Sarah Mendelsohn and Fred Schmidt-Arenales. The full episode was released on 9.17.2015. The episode features excerpted interviews with: Angelo Guglielmo, Richard Jackson, Dejan Kaludjerović and Jelena Kaludjerović, Ruslana Lichtzier, Veronica Lion, Maggie Martin, Nausicaa Renner, Eliza Rose, Connor Settlemire, Thaddeus Settlemire, and Dahlia Wasfi. It also features the voice of Sandra Steinacher.

Additional excerpted audio:

Part 1: What happened?
1_Cornel West, Harvard Law School, 10.30.2002
2_CNN coverage, 9.11.2001 (8:50am-11:30am)
3_Field recording, Hrasnica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 8.2015
4_Edward Said, Interview with Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!, 9.25.2001
5_George W. Bush, State of the Union Address, 1.29.2002
6_Barack Obama, Remarks by the President on Osama Bin Laden, 5.11.2011
7_CNN coverage, 9.11.2001 (8:50am-11:30am)
8_Fox News coverage, 9.11.2001 (8:45am-8:50am)
9_John Ashcroft, “Let the Eagle Soar,” Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 2.23.2002
10_Associated Press coverage, Hundreds of anti-war protesters march from the White House to the Capitol on the 12-year anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, 3.21.2015

Part 2: Jet fuel can’t melt language
11_King Kong, dir. Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933
12_The Day After Tomorrow, dir. Roland Emmerich, 2004
13_Condoleeza Rice, 9/11 Commission, 4.8.2004
14_Noam Chomsky, “On the Ideology of the New World Order,” Another World is Possible! Network, Budapest, 6.2004

Part 3: Terrorism may be losing its charm
15_Ronald Raegan, Address to the Nation on the Air Strike Against Libya, 4.14.1986
16_Bill Clinton, Address to the Nation, 6.26.1993
17_Guru, “Al Qaeda,” 2013
18_George W. Bush, Address to the Nation, 9.20.2001
19_John Ashcroft, Nightline, 10.11.2001
20_John Ashcroft, “Let the Eagle Soar,” Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 2.23.2002
21_Field recording, Hrasnica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 8.2015





A special version of Jet fuel can’t melt language was featured in Terrorists in the Library,
a speculative research project by Ruslana Lichtzier, President’s Gallery, Harold Washington College, Chicago (9.17-11.24.2015).


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